Once I wrote about TCL’s sensational new $15 earbuds final month, I didn’t assume I’d be singing the praises of a product that’s even cheaper so quickly after. However right here I’m, marveling on the sight and sound of one other pair of Chinese language earphones, this time from an organization I’d by no means beforehand heard of known as Yincrow. A buddy pointed me within the route of the Yincrow X6, urging that I attempt their unfathomable efficiency for a sub-$10 worth.
It’s going to be onerous for me to put in writing about these with out making it seem to be an commercial, however severely, the £6.91 ($9.03) that I paid for a pair of the X6s could be an inexpensive worth only for their delivery from China to the UK. I can’t fake to grasp the economics of operating a worthwhile enterprise at such pricing. One trace is likely to be that the X6 design seems to be an identical to that of the celebrated Enterprise Electronics Monk buds which are on sale at Massdrop for, um, $4.99. Somebody, someplace alongside the manufacturing chain, spent cash on analysis and growth for these earphones, however I’ve my doubts that it’s the businesses promoting the ultimate merchandise at such unbelievable costs.
However sufficient speak in regards to the provenance of low cost devices. Let’s discuss why the Yincrow X6 are spectacular. Initially, their sound belies any prejudice you might need about their design (which appears to have come straight out of the ‘90s, replete with a gentle foam cowl that you just pull over their plastic casing). The bass that comes out of those earphones is full, highly effective, taut, and richly satisfying. Placed on Lorn’s The Maze to Nowhere, and check out to not smile on the throbbing, rumbling, and menacing rendering that the X6s present. Vocals aren’t overwhelmed by the pronounced bass bump of those earbuds, both, as Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, The Knife’s Silent Shout, and Kaytranada’s 99.9% exhibit. The one issues lacking from the sound are the issues I don’t need: distortion and a scorching treble response. That is pleasant, pleasurable sound.
My favourite funds earphones so far have been the Zero Audio Carbo Tenore, however at their worth of $38 or so, they price 4 occasions as a lot as a pair of X6s. I nonetheless choose the Carbo Tenores for his or her extra refined sound and higher isolation of exterior noises, however the X6s aren’t far behind.
The Yincrow X6s are worn within the traditional earbud type of sitting simply exterior your ear canal. They’re much like a pair of Apple’s EarPods or AirPods of their gentle weight and undemanding match — besides they sound considerably higher. As a fan of the AirPods, I don’t say this frivolously. The X6s’ meatier bass response and marginally higher sound isolation make them extra pleasing and extra sensible to hearken to than the AirPods.
There’s no microphone to be discovered on the Yincrow X6, and the wire’s connection to the earbuds has no pressure aid to guard it from unintended tugs. With out wishing to encourage careless consumerism, I believe the value is so low that I’d purchase a recent pair if considered one of these breaks. And anybody categorically in want of a built-in mic would possibly wish to take a look at the aforementioned Monk earphones, which embody upgraded cable choices.
Wired earphones have been rising extra fascinating over the previous few months with the rollout of the primary inexpensive USB-C buds just like the OnePlus UBS-C Bullets, however evidently, even the old-school analog ones are able to shocking and surpassing expectations. Rising strain from wi-fi opponents is prone to push costs of wired earphones down, although I doubt Yincrow has any additional to go. What the corporate has completed with the X6 is already an distinctive outlier on the price-to-performance curve. Should you nonetheless have units with a headphone jack or a dongle you don’t hate, you actually ought to personal a pair.
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